Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, hands-on videos show new features

Little has been left to the imagination as far as Samsung’s next smartwatch. Multiple high-res images have been leaked online and even a couple of hands-on videos.

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It’s no secret Samsung is working on a smartwatch. A recent crop of certifications has confirmed this. The device will be dubbed “Galaxy Watch 3” rather than “Galaxy Watch 2” which is a bit of a surprise. To remind, we only had one iteration of a Galaxy Watch so far.

But the naming convention makes sense. We’ve seen two versions of Galaxy Watch Active so far, the last launched in the summer of 2019. Skipping a number for Galaxy Watch is an indicator that this is the latest device in Samsung’s smartwatch range. After all, it does come a year after Watch Active 2.

What to expect

We already know everything about the upcoming device thanks to a slew of leaks. It is expected that it will be released in two different sizes. The smaller model will feature a 41 millimeter display, the larger version has a screen with a diameter of 45 millimeters. So the watch will be slightly smaller than the original. The two models will have 1.2-inch and 1.4-inch displays, respectively. Interestingly, the rotating bezel will still be there but its thinner this time around. To remind, this was dropped for Watch Active 2.

Samsung will release stainless steel, titanium and aluminum iterations of the circular device. Other features include 5 ATM water-resistance rating (down to depths of 50 meters), MIL-SRD 810G certification and Gorilla Glass DX to prevent the display from being damaged in the event of a fall.

Under the hood there’s a Exynos 9110 chipset, a heart rate monitor, ECG sensor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, WiFI connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS. There will also be the option of an LTE model.

It has been confirmed the watch will get Samsung’s blood pressure reading feature. The company is treading new ground here and is the first with the ability to read blood pressure via the optical sensors on the back of the device. It will be interesting to test how accurate this is in real life.

The 45mm Galaxy Watch3 has a 247mAh battery, while the 41mm Galaxy Watch3 has a 340mAh battery. Both models support wireless charging. When full the smartwatch can keep going for up to 56 hours.

Well known tipster Evan Blass was the first (but not the last) to post high-res images of the Galaxy Watch 3. Check them out below. The pics are of a 45mm model with a black leather band.

Blass even tweeted the price range and nine distinct options for the Galaxy Watch 3. You can see them below. It looks like the wearable will be very steep, starting at $400 and going all the way to $600 for the high-end Titanium LTE models.

Just like its predecessor, Galaxy Watch 3 has a grooved bezel, with markings around the device and two physical buttons on the right-hand side. The screen shows the step count, battery level and weather in what could be the default watch face. All of this will, of course, be customizable.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will come in 9 distinct configurations
Source: Tech Tipster

Other features that were revealed include a major new software update which slaps on gesture controls and fall detection. The first will allow wearers to communicate by clenching and unclenching their hand to answer a call or shake a fist to mute the call. Because the watch has a speaker, you’ll be able to take calls right on the device.

The fall detection feature was taken right out of Apple’s book. If the device determines you have taken a tumble and you don’t respond in a minute, it will text or call emergency services for you. This will provide them with your location and a brief sound recording (five seconds).

If that wasn’t enough as far as leaks we even have a couple of hands-on unboxing videos. The first comes courtesy of YouTuber TechTalkTV the second from The Mobile Central.

Launch date

The South Korean tech giant will present Galaxy Watch 3 as part of the Unpacked event that is taking place on August 5th. The timepiece will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Z Fold 2.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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